CSAV

CSAV Group is a Chilean shipping company founded in 1872, making it one of the oldest shipping companies in the world and one of the largest in Latin America. The ocean carrier has a fleet of 51 container ships, 10 car carriers, and 3 bulk. With a presence in more than 80 countries, CSAV is the 20th-largest container shipping company worldwide.

CSAV Group posted revenues of US$3.21 billion in 2013 — down 6.6 percent on a year-on-year basis. The company recorded a net loss of $169 million, down 46 percent from the previous year’s net loss of $313.6 million.

CSAV Group was the 23rd-ranked container carrier in U.S containerized import trade in 2013, with volume of 141,662 TEUs, up 2.9 percent year-over-year, giving it market share of 0.8 percent. It was No. 20 in U.S. containerized export trade in 2013, with volume of 139,198 TEUs, up 3.8 percent year-over-year and market share of 1.1 percent. For more carrier rankings see the JOC’s Top 40 Container Carriers special topic.

Shareholders of CSAV overwhelmingly  voted in favor of a planned merger with Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd that would create the world’s fourth-largest container shipping line. The planned merger was backed by 84.5 percent of CSAV’s shareholders at a special stockholders’ meeting in Valparaiso. The deal is expected to close this year.

Hapag-Lloyd's Hamburg Express container ship
14 Sep 2014
Container freight rates will stabilize and may trend upward over the next few years despite the existing overcapacity of vessel space because of the expansion of existing carrier alliances and the creation of new ones, according to Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.
A Hapag-Lloyd container seen in Singapore.
02 Jul 2014
The ink was hardly dry on Hapag-Lloyd’s merger deal with Chilean carrier CSAV when departing chief executive Michael Behrendt raised the prospect of acquiring an Asian container line.
06 Jun 2014
Despite recent improvements, global container lines’ schedule reliability and on-time container delivery have been worse every month so far this year versus last year.
CSAV container ship
29 May 2014
In announcing sharply lower losses for the first three months of the year, CSAV said it expects to close on a merger agreement with Hapag-Lloyd in the fourth quarter.
13 May 2014
Hapag-Lloyd today pinned its financial future to the expansion of the G6 Alliance into the key east-west liner trades and its takeover of Chile’s CSAV, as its first-quarter loss widened and revenue declined.
22 Apr 2014
The planned merger of Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd and Compañia Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) moved closer after shareholders controlling just 2.7 percent of the Chilean company’s stock voted against the deal that will create the world’s fourth-largest ocean container carrier.
Michael Behrendt, chairman of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd (left), and Oscar Hasbún, CEO of CSAV, today at Hapag-Lloyd headquarters in Hamburg after the signing.
16 Apr 2014
Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV signed a binding contract to complete a merger to create the world’s fourth-largest container line.
Container ship in Hamburg, Germany.
08 Apr 2014
The 2013 financial reporting season for container lines ended for many carriers in a sea of red ink as high bunker prices and weak freight rates combined to drag down profits.
07 Apr 2014
Hapag-Lloyd was first carrier to announce the westbound May rate increases even as April 1 GRIs struggle to lift a market weighed down by overcapacity and weak demand.
Headquarters of Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV.
21 Mar 2014
Shareholders of Chilean ocean carrier CSAV today overwhelmingly voted in favor of a planned merger with Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd that would create the world’s fourth-largest container shipping line.
21 Mar 2014
Ocean container lines and the shipowners that lease ships to them are suspending new ship orders for fuel-efficient mega-
20 Mar 2014
Shareholders of Chilean ocean carrier CSAV are expected to approve tomorrow a possible merger with Hapag-Lloyd that would create the world’s fourth largest container shipping line.